Russell Bailey's home at 1120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Russel(l) Claude Bailey b: January 26, 1879 in Sparta, WI to Charles E. Bailey and Josephine "Rebecca" Hall. He died December 4, 1951 in Eau Claire, WI. He is buried in the Bailey lot at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Eau Claire, WI.

He was named after his Bailey grandfather. He lived in Eau Claire where he worked for the Holland Clothing Company down by the river. He married September 11, 1902 to Jessie M. Stumm who was born April 12, 1881 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Her parents were Jacob and Mary Eldridge Stumm. They lived with her mother, Mary during 1905 at least and they had no children. They lived in a white house up on a hill and the children of William Bailey would often go and visit Russ and Jessie. They especially enjoyed having the children as they had no children of their own. Vivian remembers spending summers at their home. In the winter the kids would slide down the great hill into town. Russel and Jessie divorced and I have not been able to find any information on her except I think she may have stayed single and died in 1947 in Jacksonville, Oregon.

Russ remarried on July 10, 1915 in Eau Claire to Rose Ada Robinson (1887-1962). They had one daughter, Virginia Rose Bailey born December 19, 1915 in Eau Claire, died August 8, 1999 in Denver, CO. About 1933 she married Arthur (Gary) Travis Garrett (1916-1999). I believe they had 3 children.

Mentioned in "The Rivers Flow" 1965 Lois Barland, Worzalla Publishing Co., Stevens Point, WI: R.C. Bailey's daughter, Virginia, who was 17 in 1934 won a radio contest to sing with Dick Powell in a series of one-hour radio programs.

He was a Corporal in the Spanish-American War. Another war mention.

Received the following information from Mary Jarussi who is researching the Stumm family:

Mary Eldridge's parents were Ebenezer and Betsy Eldridge. (Jacob was born in Germany - Mary was born in Wisconsin). Jacob and Mary met in Baraboo, WI when they were living next door to each other as children. They eventually lived in Eau Claire (where their children were born).

Jessie eventually remarried and apparently moved to Minnesota (although I haven't yet tracked down who she married or where in MN she lived - another branch of the tree to trace some day). I would love to find that information as I want to know if Jessie had any children in her second marriage. If not, Jacob and Mary's line did not carry on.

Jacob and Mary Stumm had three children:

Jacob and his son, Frederick, were very well known and respected. When Jacob died in 1900 over 1,000 people attended his funeral in Eau Claire. His son Frederick died 4 years later - on the night he won an election as City Supervisor. Fred had just voted and stopped to visit his mother, Mary. Russel & Jessie were there. Russel tried to get medical help but there wasn't time. Fred's death was major news in the papers.

Russel's baseball statistics are here.

The following is from an obituary in the Eau Claire paper on December 4, 1951 for Russell:

Russ Bailey, Baseball Pioneer, Dies at 73

Russell C. Bailey, 73, one of the baseball pioneers in this city and area died early today at the Sacred Heart Hospital after a brief illness.

Mr. Bailey's career as a baseball player and manager began in 1905, when he played with Eau Claire in the Illinois-Wisconsin league. He retired from active participation in the game in 1912, when he was manager and played with the Eau Claire team in the Wisconsin-Minnesota league.

The league folded up in mid-season and Bailey finished the season and his playing career with Wausau.

Mr. Bailey, a Spanish American War veteran resided at 1120 Graham Ave. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Arthur Garrett, Chicago; a brother, Jack of Chicago; a sister, Mrs. Lyda Nelson, Milwaukee, and two granddaughters. Funeral arrangements are being made by Stokes and Sons.

In 1949 Mr. Bailey was named commissioner of the 11th district of the Wisconsin Semi-Pro baseball congress. As commissioner, he had charge of the tournament in which the top teams of the six-county area competed for berths in the state tournament at Milwaukee.

Mr. Bailey starred as an outfielder and hitter for Eau Claire teams, and was a member of the pennant-winning team in the Wisconsin-Minnesota league in 1910. After leading the league as a hitter in 1911, he was drafted by Milwaukee of the American Association, but his career was cut short by a broken ankle suffered in a game with Minneapolis.

Mr. Bailey finished his career with Wausau by hitting 16 home runs in the two months he played for the team, unusual in the days of the old dead ball.

Two former big league starts received their start under Mr. Bailey's managership, Hap Feisch, who starred with the Chicago White Sox, as an outfielder, and Burleigh Grimes, famous spitball pitcher.

This picture below was taken from the paper though it was not a good one.

Rose Ada Robinson Bailey's obituary is as follows:

Mrs. Rose Ada Bailey, 74, of 1302 State St., a lifelong resident of Eau Claire, died suddenly at noon Sunday.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Garrett, Elmhurst, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Kathryn Kahn, Sauk City, and Mrs. Grace Payzant, Minneapolis; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Stokes and Sons with the Rev. Ham officiating. Friends may call at the funeral chapel Tuesday afternoon and evening and Wednesday until time of services. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. (Obituary)

Jason Christopherson, Author of Baseball in Eau Claire nominated Russ Bailey for the Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame. If you are interested in Jason's book, you can find it at Just $15 and it has two team photos with Russ in them. (Nomination)

Not your Russell? Jim Maxwell has found a picture of a Russell C. Bailey from Cambridge, WI.

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